JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

Back to Longwood…

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The next day (Tuesday) was just kind of a chill day.  We got some rest and then headed out to walk around at the Promenade Shops.  (The shopping center where I had my part time retail job for the past few years.)  Some of my friends at my store had been eager to meet Miloš, so I wanted to make sure we paid a visit.  But first we stopped in and said hello to my friend Kristina, who works at one of the other stores in the center.  She’s super cool and was very happy to meet Miloš in person!  After that, we visited my store and he got to meet my dear friend Jordan.  I always joke that Jordan was “Team Miloš” even before I was, as she had a suspicion that things were going to go a certain way even before I saw him in Vienna last February.

I had to be home to teach voice lessons before my 5:00 student got there, so we eventually headed home and Miloš relaxed while I taught for a few hours.  Then later that night we went to see the movie “Lincoln.”  Really good film, with excellent acting, but not good to watch if you’re tired, as there were a few slow spots.

Trying on cute silly hats at Francesca's

Trying on cute silly hats at Francesca’s

I was so excited for The Hobbit!

I was so excited for The Hobbit!

The had this fun display at the theatre. (I can hear the scary violins playing! haha!)

They had this fun display at the theatre. (I can hear the scary violins playing! haha!)

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The next day, we left in the afternoon and headed to Longwood Gardens with a brief detour through West Chester.  I had gone to undergrad at WCU, and I wanted to drive through campus so Miloš could see my other alma mater.  And this trip to Longwood was strictly for fun – no singing.  For those not familiar with Longwood Gardens, here’s a link to the page on their site giving the history:  History of Longwood Gardens.  We walked around for a few hours enjoying the scenery and all the vegetation and holiday decorations.  Here are some pics….

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As the hours passed from the time the sun went down, we started getting cold and hungry.  We weren’t really interested in anything that the cafeteria restaurant had at Longwood, and the nice sit-down restaurant there was booked up.  So we decided to head back up towards West Chester.  Before long though, we passed a Carrabba’s.  Yeah, it’s a chain, but I’ve always had good food there.  So we stopped in.  Miloš REALLY liked the steak there, and my food was also great.  (I can’t remember exactly what I got, but I think it was most likely something with seafood in it.)  Originally, our after-dinner plan was to head into West Chester for a drink.  But we were tired and decided to head home – we had a big day coming up!

Next up – THE BIG APPLE – Miloš’ first trip into NYC!  🙂

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Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

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